Pianist Yu Xi Wang is Director of Keyboard Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and serves as the Piano Program Director at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, where she teaches each summer. She also teaches piano at the University of Pennsylvania.

As an in-demand pedagogue, Yu Xi has given masterclasses, workshops, and lectures at regional schools, colleges, and the local MTNA chapter. Prior to her appointment at Curtis, she has taught piano, chamber music, solfège, music theory, and keyboard harmony at a number of prestigious institutions such as The Juilliard School, Music Institute of Chicago, and Settlement Music School. Yu Xi’s private piano students have taken top prizes in competitions and have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Oberlin Conservatory.

As a performer, Yu Xi made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in 2002 as the winner of Artist International. Since then, she released a CD under the Chinese label JSCP, and maintains an active performing career both as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Asia.

A native of Beijing, China, Yu Xi started piano at age 3 under her mother, a pianist and renowned pedagogue of electone.  She made her debut with the China Women’s Philharmonic at age 10 and soon enrolled in the Central Conservatory of Music studying with Hui-Su Chen. After moving to the United States, Yu Xi attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division under the tutelage of Herbert Stessin and holds her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A from The Juilliard School where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Julian Martin and chamber music faculty members Constance Moore and Jonathan Feldman.

Yu Xi resides in Philadelphia with her family.


2017 - Present

Piano Instructor, University of Pennsylvania

  • Blutt College House Music Program
  • Marian Anderson Performance Program
  • Performance coach, Music 236

2016 - Present

Director of Piano Program (July), Philadelphia International Music Festival

2013 - Present

Faculty, Curtis Institute of Music

  • Keyboard Studies, Director of Keyboard Studies since 2018
  • Supplementary Piano
  • Core Studies


Visiting Professor, Saint Joseph’s University, Department of Music, Theater & Film

  • Piano
  • Chamber Music

2008 - 2013

Piano Faculty, Settlement Music School

2008 - 2012

Adjunct Faculty, The Juilliard School

  • Piano Topics

2006 - 2008

Faculty, Music Institute of Chicago, Academy Program

  • Ear Training
  • Piano Literature
  • Keyboard Skills

Faculty, Music Institute of Chicago, Community School

  • Piano
  • Musicianship

2004 - 2006

Faculty, The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division

  • Solfëge

2001 - 2006

Teaching Fellow, The Juilliard School

  • Ear Training
  • Piano Minor
  • Literature & Material (Music Theory)


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